List of Japanese War Movies

Because Japan played a significant role in World War II and the effects of the war are still vivid in the minds of the people, the majority of the films involve stories about war and fighting. The Japanese film industry linked much current technology to their limit, the Studios that created Box Office-successful war films. Many of the films about wars are about World War II. We’ve compiled a list of Japanese war films that are heavily based on real-life events.

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Film Name



Release Year


The Bridge on the River KwaiDavid LeanWilliam Holden, Jack Hawkins, Alec GuinnessOctober 2, 1957A World War II Film Released in 1957.
Run Silent, Run DeepRobert WiseClark Gable, Burt Lancaster, and Jack Warden27-Mar-58Written by Kevin Ackley which is the Story of World War II.
Letters From Iwo JimaClint EastwoodKen Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi IharaDecember 9, 2006A Story throughout Japanese Archaeologists Explore tunnels on lwo Jima and they find something in the dirt.
Flags of Our FathersClint EastwoodRyan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, Adam BeachOctober 20, 2006The story begins in medias res, applying a complex series of flashbacks.
Hiroshima, Mon AmourAlain ResnaisEmmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas10-Jun-59A drama Film between a French and Japanese couple about memory and forgetfulness.
RashomonAkira KurosawaToshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyō,August 25, 1950A Crime drama Film working close collabaration with Cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa
Seven SamuraiAkira KurosawaTakashi Shimura, Toshiro MifuneApril 26, 1954Japanese adventure drama film co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa.
Samurai AssassinKihachi OkamotoToshirō Mifune, Keiju Kobayashi, Michiyo AratamaJanuary 3, 1965A Battle Film of Empire Era with martial Arts Stunts.
The Burmese HarpKon IchikawaRentarō Mikuni, Shoji Yasui, Jun HamamuraJanuary 21, 1956It was based on a children’s novel of the same name written by Michio Takeyama.
RanAkira KurosawaTatsuya Nakadai, Mieko HaradaMay 31, 1985Japanese-French jidaigeki epic film.
Throne of BloodAkira KurosawaToshirō Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi ShimuraJanuary 15, 1957The film commutes the plot of William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth to feudal Japan.
GojiraIshiro HondaAkihiko Hirata, Momoko KochiJanuary 1, 1956A Film about a 400-foot-tall mutant dinosaur called Gojira
The Hidden FortressAkira KurosawaToshirō Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki  December 28, 1958A battle film which is released in 1958.
Fires on the PlainKon IchikawaEiji Funakoshi, Osamu Takizawa, Mickey Curtis  November 3, 1959A Story on World War II.
Grave of the FirefliesIsao TakahataTsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko ShinoharaApril 16, 1988A Story of Taking place in the final months of World War II in Japan.
The Burmese HarpKon IchikawaRentaro Mikuni, Shoji Yasui, Jun HamamuraJanuary 1, 1956A Film of Japanese Soldier and Army with the effect of World War II.
Black RainShohei ImamuraYoshiko Tanaka, Kazuo Kitamura1989The film impresses between Shizuma Shigematsu’s diary entries about Hiroshima in 1945
KagemushaAkira Kurosawa, Ishirō HondaTatsuya NakadaiApril 26, 1980It is set in the Sengoku period of Japanese history and tells the story of a lower-class criminal
Sea Without ExitKiyoshi SasabeEbizô Ichikawa, Yûsuke IseyaSeptember 16, 2006 
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